A 23-year-old Eau Claire man is accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl and sending nude photos of a woman to other people.
Joshua J. Weichert, 3104 Garner St., faces nine felony counts, including sexual assault of a child, sexual exploitation of a child, possession of child pornography and distributing intimate images without a person’s consent.
If found guilty of the most serious of those charges, Weichert could face up to 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.
Weichert was charged Monday in Eau Claire County Court. Judge John Manydeeds set bond at $25,000 cash and Weichert remains in jail.
According to the criminal complaint:
A woman who subleased an apartment from Weichert in 2016 contacted Eau Claire police when she learned he was distributing nude pictures of her.
The photos and videos came from the woman’s former boyfriend, who had given them to Weichert in exchange for a discount on rent and bills.
The woman said Weichert called her in January, demanding more nude photos of her and threatening to distribute the ones he already had. She soon learned he’d already sent the photos to other people using the app Snapchat.
Police detectives spoke with Weichert on Jan. 18, and he admitted blackmailing the woman. Detectives found 15 pictures and 12 videos of the woman, some with her ex-boyfriend, on Weichert’s phone.
Detectives also found a photo of what appeared to be a nude underage girl engaging in a sexual act with a man. Police located the girl, who was 15 when the photo was taken in 2016, and she confirmed she’d had sex with Weichert twice that year when he’d hired her to clean his apartment. The girl said she did not give him permission to distribute the photo of her.
When police confronted Weichert with information on the girl, he admitted having sex with her but said he didn’t recall how he got the photo of her.
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